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BT chief executive Gavin Patterson has accused Labour of being too “negative” about the benefits of advertising for business.

Simon English: Sir Martin's many reasons to worry

It is tempting to think that Sir Martin Sorrell gets taken way too seriously; that his position as chief (M)Ad Man makes journalists hang on his every word rather more than a dispassionate analysis of his predictive record merits.

Market Report: ITV braced for bad news on advertising

ITV chairman Archie Norman has described television advertising as a "faulty shower" and it looks like the metaphorical water pressure could well be on the blink again.

Marketing executives make new budget cuts

Marketing executives reported a second successive downward revision to total marketing budgets in the third quarter of 2012, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising said.

Claire Beale on Advertising: The name's Bond – and I'm licensed to sell

It's 50 years since James Bond made his film debut and the world's most famous secret agent has being having a not-so-secret affair with big brands ever since. From the watches, the beers and the cars that pay top dollar to feature as Bond's brands of choice in his movies, to the ads that have shamelessly appropriated some 007 cool, Ian Fleming's hero has probably sold more products than any other fictional character.

Bolton's Matt Mills (right) tussles with Luciano Becchio of Leeds
A fine art degree will give you the chance try all of the disciplines and find out what's best for you. Saoirse found she was good at digital media

What's it like to study... Fine art

Saoirse Crean studied Fine Art at Lancaster University, and now works in art marketing

Mitt Romney blasts Barack Obama as he accepts party nomination

President's hopes came to nothing, says nominee in speech

Advertising giant WPP plans return to UK

Advertising giant WPP gave Chancellor George Osborne a boost today by confirming plans to move its headquarters back to the UK.

'Suicide websites' linked to rise in drug-related deaths

Helium and barbiturates, two drugs increasingly used to commit suicide, contributed to more deaths than ecstasy, cannabis and GHB last year.

Last Night's Viewing: Who Do You Think You Are?, BBC1
Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies, BBC4

You do sometimes wonder about the posthumous contributors to Who Do You Think You Are?, those sepia figures, so stiffly putting their best face forward, who peer out of dog-eared family photographs as their character and deeds are described on air.

'Murderball' adequately sums up the excitement of wheelchair rugby

James Lawton: If you think this is Olympics MkII, you are missing the whole point

As the great overture to the Paralympic Games plays out in the Olympic Stadium, there is an insistent message that says what follows over the next 11 days has to be seen in the same light, and with the same fervour, as the 30th Olympics.

Tony Nicklinson and his wife Jane

Tony Nicklinson's widow hopes right-to-die battle will continue

The widow of locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson has said she hopes his campaign for a change in the law on assisted dying will continue in his memory.

Riding again: Patrick Duffy and Larry Hagman reprise their starring roles

Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the ranch...

A reboot of Dallas has defied all expectations to become the summer hit in America. Can it work again in Britain? By Sarah Hughes

Riding again: Patrick Duffy and Larry Hagman reprise their starring roles

Dallas: Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the ranch...

A reboot of Dallas has defied all expectations – and some critics – to become the surprise hit of the summer in America. Will UK audiences now embrace the dramatic exploits of the Ewings as warmly?

Manchester City striker John Guidetti

Feyenoord rule out return of Manchester City striker John Guidetti

Feyenoord coach Ronald Koeman has ruled out the prospect of the club re-signing Manchester City striker John Guidetti.

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?